Nation of Change: Senate Silences Elizabeth Warren for Quoting MLK’s Widow

The following is an excellent article written by Alexandra Jacobo on the Nation of Change website on February 8, 2017 titled “Senate Silences Elizabeth Warren for Quoting MLK’s Widow” and I quote:

“Senate silences Elizabeth Warren for quoting MLK’s widow”

Still, Elizabeth Warren will not be silenced.

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Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the Senate floor yesterday for quoting a letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, in her speech against the nomination of Jeff Sessions.

Senator Warren used the letter, written in 1986 when Sessions was being considered for a federal district court judge, to strengthen her opposition to his nomination as Attorney General.

Mitch McConnell spoke out against Warren during her speech, claiming that she broke the rules of decorum by quoting the letter and “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.” McConnell invoked Rule 19, which is normally to encourage senators to be polite to each other, to force Warren to stop speaking.

Senator Steve Daines, who was presiding over the senate at the time of Warren’s speech, then ruled against Warren, claiming she was in violation of senate conduct.

Warren attempted to overturn the ruling, stating, “I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate.”

A vote was called, which Warren lost in a 49-43 split, effectively silencing Warren throughout the remainder of the debate over Session’s nomination. This means that Warren will no longer be able to speak out against Sessions before he is confirmed as Attorney General.

The entirety of the letter, in which King objects to Sessions’ nomination for a judicial position on the basis that he used “the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot” can be read below:

Coretta Scott King 1986 Letter on Jeff Sessions by German Lopez on Scribd

 

Senator Warren has announced that she will not be silenced.

McConnell has stated, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The internet has now taken the last part and used it as a rallying cry:

Warren called into the Rachel Maddow show, stating she had been “red carded”:

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(LOOK FOR THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS TO KEEP ON TRYING TO DISCREDIT DEMOCRATIC SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN BECAUSE THEY KNOW SHE IS THE ONE CANDIDATE THAT COULD BEAT PRES DONALD TRUMP IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran
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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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